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To Fritz Müller   26 May [1867]


Thanks for information on sexual differences.

Orchids; self-sterility and difficulty of getting seeds to germinate.


Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  26 May [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5551

To J. D. Hooker   26 [May 1867]


It was foolish of him to say a word about continental extensions so briefly that he thinks JDH misunderstood him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5552

To George Howard Darwin   27 May [1867]


CD has come to think a name better than "Pangenesis" is needed. Asks GHD to get a suggestion from a classics scholar. "Cell-genesis wd be perfect if it cd be put into Greek."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5553

To Albert Gaudry   27 May [1867]


Is much obliged for AG’s two memoirs ["Mémoire sur le reptile découvert par M. Frossard", Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 3 (1867): 21–40; Bull. Soc. Géol. France 2d ser. 24 (1867): 397–400].

All "inosculating forms" are very interesting to CD.

Agrees with AG on the importance of attempts to affiliate extinct and existing species.

Will send French edition of Variation when published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  27 May [1867]
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5554

From J. T. Moggridge   29 May [1867]



Wrote to J. B. E. Bornet on CD’s behalf, declining the offer of seeds of Draba. But now Bornet writes that he is sending seeds to CD anyway [see 5592].

Corrects his previous description of the fertilisation of Indigofera.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 157a: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5555A

To J. J. Moulinié   16 May [1867]


Sheets dispatched. Book [French edition of Variation] not so large as expected.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  16 May [1867]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66, f. 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6176

From Nicholas Trübner   7 May 1867


Weisse of Stuttgart is keen to publish a translation of the book on which CD is working [Variation].

Author:  Trübner, Nicholas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 178: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5530

To V. O. Kovalevsky   16 May [1867]


Sends proof-sheets [of Variation]. Will not charge VOK for right of translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  16 May [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5531

To J. D. Hooker   [12] May [1867]


Sends Fritz Müller’s address; has sent him Insular floras [pamphlet].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12] May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5532

From Ernst Haeckel   12 May 1867


Thanks CD for new edition of Origin [4th ed. (1866)].

Comments on CD’s criticism of the harsh tone of Generelle Morphologie. Thinks he may have harmed himself but not the cause. Believes a radical reform of the science necessary, and since most scientists take a prejudiced view of the matter, a vigorous attack is essential.

Describes his travels in Canaries, Spain, and France.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5533

From Julius von Haast   12 May – 2 June 1867


JvH will help with expression queries. Considers CD’s investigation highly important and original. Sends list of men to whom he is sending copies of the questions.

Author:  John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May – 2 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5534

From J. W. Salter   14 May 1867


Having tried all other sources for aid, JWS is forced to turn to CD’s generosity. His financial position is bad; frequent and serious illness prevents him from working properly.

Author:  John William Salter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5535

From V. O. Kovalevsky   14 May 1867


The proofs CD sent seem to have been lost in the post. Asks him to send another set by ordinary letter post.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5536

From V. O. Kovalevsky   15 May 1867


Lost proofs have arrived.

Proposes to append the woodcuts of dog and cat varieties from Brehm [Illustrirtes Thierleben (1864–7)], which he has also translated, to the Russian edition of Variation.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5537

From V. O. Kovalevsky   [after 24? May 1867]


Repeats details of his previous letter [5537] as he was unsure whether CD received it.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24? May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5538

From J. D. Hooker   17 May 1867



Cannot come to Down; John Smith is unwell.

Will go to Paris again at end of month.

Wallace and F. J. H. von Mueller of Victoria are most likely candidates for Royal Society Gold Medal for biology.

Encloses letter from Henry Barkly.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 163–4; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspoddence 188: 125)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5539

From Camille Dareste   19 May 1867


CD’s letter [3992] gave him encouragement in his work [on monstrosities], which, he regrets, is little understood or appreciated in France. Hopes to be able to produce anomalies at will as a result of his experiments. Sends a recent paper ["Rapport sur un veau monstrueux", Arch. Com. Agric. Arrondissement Lille (1867)].

Author:  Gabriel-Madeleine-Camille (Camille) Dareste
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5540

To V. O. Kovalevsky   20 May [1867]


CD is sorry proof-sheets were lost; hopes clean sheets will have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  20 May [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5541

To J. D. Hooker   [21 May 1867]


Glad to hear Wallace is contender for Gold Medal. Has highest esteem for his extraordinary talents.

Thanks for H. Barkly’s letter from Mauritius.

Glad to see HB takes same view as CD about bones of deer [see 5395].

Objections to continental extension theory.

Progress [on Variation] very slow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [21 May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5543

To Ernst Haeckel   21 May [1867]


Discusses his previous criticisms of EH’s Generelle Morphologie. Fears it will make enemies.

Discusses reception of descent theory in England.

Mentions EH’s trip to Canary Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  21 May [1867]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1-52/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5544
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